Roy Hodgson will be furious with Patrick van Aanholt after the left-back failed to deal with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane as Liverpool put Crystal Palace to the sword at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
Van Aanholt was handed his eighth consecutive start and ninth appearance of the campaign overall after the Palace boss recently revealed that Tyrick Mitchell’s absence from the team sheet is a result of their strength in depth.
Mitchell has been left as an unused substitute on the bench, with Palace winning one and drawing their past two games prior to the Premier League clash with Liverpool.
But the Eagles manager may live to regret his decision, as Van Aanholt endured a frustrating afternoon against Jurgen Klopp’s side, having lost possession a staggering 21 times, while losing 60% of his five duels in total, as per SofaScore.
In fairness, Hodgson found himself without several first-team regulars ranging from Mamadou Sakho to Christian Benteke after the Belgian striker served a one-match ban for being sent off in the midweek draw with West Ham.
However, this doesn’t excuse the shocking display by those who were trusted with a start instead, least of all by the Dutchman, who was caught napping on multiple occasions throughout the game.
SofaScore graded him as one of the worst players on the pitch with a miserable 6.2 rating – he failed to win a single aerial duel, couldn’t provide a single accurate long ball from four attempts and committed one foul.
Van Aanholt, who currently earns wages worth £55,000-per-week, took 67 touches of the ball, but didn’t offer much going forwards, as he only managed one shot off target, while he failed to register a single key pass in the entire game, despite playing the full 90′ minutes, which just goes to show that he was a total liability.
Not only was he lethargic, but he was also lacklustre as well as Alexander-Arnold and Mane ran rings around him all afternoon.
The 30-year-old must surely be playing on borrowed time with Mitchell chomping at the bit for minutes and reports emerging that talks have broken down over a new contract with Van Aanholt linked with the Selhurst Park exit, so he will no doubt face a nervous wait before Hodgson names his team to face Aston Villa in a week’s time after such an abject performance.